More housing could arrive in a Rockland County town after a new developer announced plans to revitalize the former Letchworth Village property.
There was a mixed reaction from the community at the Stony Point Town Council meeting on Tuesday evening. Some said they were hoping for more housing while others said there were still a lot of unknowns.
Hudson Park Group has unveiled its proposal to turn part of the Letchworth Village property into approximately 500 homes. The plan includes senior residences and multi-family residences, as well as a recreation and community center.
The developer anticipates that it will generate over $1 million in tax revenue for the city.
Some residents have expressed concern about the lack of retail businesses and the desire to preserve more public green space.
“My wife and I would like to sell our house, find something smaller, and there’s nothing available in the entire North Rockland area,” said Kevin O’Keefe, of Stony Point.
Last November, Stony Point voters narrowly rejected a city-led plan to sell the Patriot Hills golf course and 26 acres of the connected Letchworth property to a developer for a more sale-oriented project at the retail.
“It’s better than the last proposal, but there are still a lot of unanswered questions,” said Stony Point’s David Evangelista.
The new proposal does not include the sale of the Patriot Hills golf course, but will require some maneuvering on a few holes. The proposal would still be subject to planning council and environmental review if it goes ahead.
The Letchworth property has been barren since the late 1990s. The developer said it would cost around $10 million to clean up the space and it would be under strict state environmental oversight.